The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is honoring the city's "hometown heroes" with a special promo all September long.
From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, all heroes — frontline health care workers, active fire and police personnel and active and retired members of the military (this entire list includes firefighters, EMTs, state troopers, correction officers, 911 dispatchers and other professionals involved in law enforcement, investigations and emergency response, says the zoo) — will receive free admission to park.
This has been expanded from the usual weeklong event, and now also includes health care workers in additional to police, fire and military.
“We decided to extend our Hometown Heroes celebration from a week to a whole month so we could include more heroes,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “There are so many people out there working hard to keep us safe and healthy, and we want to show them our appreciation. For obvious reasons, we added front line healthcare workers to the heroes list this year!”
Advanced reservations are not required for heroes and they can purchase additional zoo tickets — up to six — for half price. A valid government-issued ID and some type of professional credentials are necessary upon entry.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Get more information about the promo at cincinnatizoo.org.